Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 1, Lesson 5


In this lesson, students read paragraphs 8–13 of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and analyze the text through an evidence-based discussion. In this excerpt, the tension builds as the narrator finally murders the old man, and buries the body in the floor. Through paired discussion and focused annotation, students will consider how Poe’s structural choices develop and refine the text’s central ideas.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
R.6-12.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course...
RL.9-10.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g.,...

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